Originally Posted by kittysback
but after she eats, she cowers back into the corner where her babies are. The kittens are about 3 weeks old.
I want to trap the whole family, but I can't seem to get at her. And she doesn't leave my shed, so I can't get at the kittens. They are behind/under a pile of bricks/rock/wood.
If I am able to get the kittens without her .... will she follow me to my garage? I know I need to get at them so they can start having human contact, but I also don't want to separate them too soon. Any advice?
As no one of the very experienced one answers, I try. But make a search, there are previous threads about such.
As now, the kittens are small and you know where they are. thus good possibility to trap the mom, and easy to collect the kittens soon afterwards. (otherwise this is the big danger, if you cant find the kittens. They are doomed out there without mom. and if they are big enough to move freely they perhaps wont let themselves be catched...).
Use a trap on the mom, dont catch even if you can. She will not connect the trap with you, and will not lose her beginning confidence for you. Thus, when you release her in her new quarters and she had the necessary time to cool down, you can start your relationsship anew - and built on.
About getting the kittens first, and using them as bait for catching the mom. I dont know if I would dare, but I know people has tried this successfully. The most common is to place the kittens as bait behind the trap, so the mom goes into the trap.
But I have also read of examples when they were simply inside the house, and the mom went after them into the house...
It should be easier with a garage.
Last, but not least. In some variations you may find it useful to use a dog cage when they are catched. Or an exibitions cage. Works well if you need to have a feral there a couple of days. But one forumist uses to do the whole fostering work inside a big dog cage.